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Krugman: How many banks? (4 March 2009)
But are we really thinking about thousands of banks? Here's Martin Wolf, today:
The four biggest US commercial banks - JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo - possess 64 per cent of the assets of US commercial banks (see chart) [chart not available online]. If creditors of these businesses cannot suffer significant losses, this is not much of a market economy.
So as far as this discussion is concerned, we've got, like, four banks. The "thousands of banks" line is just a diversion.
Not only was it a diversion, but it was wrong that "thousands of banks" couldn't be handled.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 26th, 2010 at 03:10:19 PM EST
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